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Jensen and Flynn

Mary218 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 8:20 AM
Thanks for another thought-provoking essay, Dr. Sowell. It reminds anyone who has taken an IQ test that it's just another test, affected by many factors. A co-worker known as very bright once suffered from deep depression. As part of his therapy, he was administered these tests on both his bad days and his good days. The score on good days was off the charts, and the one on depressed days was closer to average.

Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject-- Professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and Professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

What is so unusual in the academic world of today is that Professor Flynn's latest book, "Are We Getting Smarter?" is dedicated to Arthur Jensen, whose integrity he praises, even as he opposes his conclusions. That is what scholarship and science are...

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